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GoreGirl’s Dungeon on YouTube: The Universal Studio Orchestra – Title Sequence from The House of Frankenstein

Posted in horror, movie with tags , , , , , , on February 10, 2014 by goregirl

Music and images from The House of Frankenstein (1944) directed by Erle C. Kenton “Title Sequence” music composed by Hans J. Salter and performed by The Universal Studio Orchestra.

Goregirl’s Dungeon on YouTube: Blood Feast x 4!!

Posted in horror, movies, Something Weird Video, USA with tags , , , , , , on December 16, 2013 by goregirl

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Not one, not two, not three…but FOUR goretastic slideshows with the music, sounds and images of Herschell Gordon Lewis’ BLOOD FEAST (1963). Music and sounds from the compilation The eye Popping Sounds of Herschell Gordon Lewis!

Blood Feast Promotional radio spot

Tragic Kettle drums/Eyes Gouged Out/Legs Cut Off!

Lood Feast (and no, I did not forget the “B” that is how it’s written)

5000 Years Ago/Newscast

BLOOD FEAST (1963) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in horror, movies, Something Weird Video, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2013 by goregirl

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In the past I have referred to Blood Feast as a “guilty pleasure”. Where ever did I pick up that miserable bit of lingo? I don’t feel guilty about loving Blood Feast at all! I’ve seen Blood Feast no less than a dozen times over the years and it never gets old. I’ve never seen Blood Feast look better than it does on Something Weird Video’s Special Edition DVD! It comes with outstanding supplements including rare outtakes, the theatrical trailer, commentary from Herschell Gordon Lewis and producer David F. Friedman, an impressive collection of promotional material and lobby cards for Herschell Gordon Lewis films with a heavy emphasis on Blood Feast and an entertaining instructional film called Carving Magic; Swift and Company’s “how to” on carving various meats with home economist Martha Logan! It features a young Harvey Korman (The Carol Burnett Show) and William Kerwin (Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs, A Taste of Blood)! This DVD and Herschell Gordon Lewis’ tremendously fun and gory feature are an absolute treasure!

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Blood Feast’s first victim is killed prior to the credits rolling. Nudity and gore seconds in! The poor gals eye is gouged out and her leg is removed below the knee!

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We are taken to the office of the Homicide Bureau Chief of Detectives. They have quite the case on their hands with seven killings in two weeks! The D.A.’s office is getting hot and they have no clues. All the women have been found badly mutilated with various limbs removed.

“Well Frank, this looks like one of those long hard ones.” -Detective Pete Thornton

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“Are you Mr. Ramses? I’m Dorothy Fremont. I heard about you from a friend of mine; Annette Dupuis.” Mrs. Fremont is looking for something unique for a birthday party she is throwing for her daughter Suzette.

“Have you ever had an Egyptian feast?” -Fuad Ramses

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Fuad Ramses pays his respects to the Goddess Ishtar with a large shrine in the back room of his store. Ramses will pay her the ultimate respect when his Blood Feast awakens the Goddess from her 5000 year slumber!

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Marcy and Tony are making out on the beach and it is getting late. Needless to say the recent brutal killings of young women has everyone frightened and Marcy would like to go home. Tony convinces Marcy otherwise; “Hey baby, I’m here. I’m not going to let anyone hurt you. Now prove you love me.” Tony gets his ass knocked out cold and Ramses helps himself to Marcy’s brains. Tony is pretty torn up and can barely hold it together when the police question him. Feeling guilty Tony? You stupid dumbass! It is entirely your fault Marcy’s brains are all over the beach asshole! Marcy’s folks are pretty upset too.

“I made her a white dress and now she’ll never wear it.”

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Another victim; this one had her tongue ripped out!

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Detective Pete Thornton and girlfriend Suzette Fremont attend a weekly lecture by Professor Flanders on ancient Egyptian history. This particular week they are learning about Ramses and the Cult of Ishtar. The Cult of Ishtar was a blood-thirsty cult who held a yearly festival that took place at the beginning of spring. For six days and nights the people would party lustfully and on the seventh night the young women would be slaughtered; their blood drank and their limbs eaten!

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Suzette and Pete share a kiss but are interrupted by the radio announcing that another young woman has been attacked. The woman; Janet Blake lay in critical condition in the hospital. The doctor tells the detectives that it is the most brutal attack he had ever seen. Apparently the woman’s face was hacked away to the bone and both of her eyes were gouged out. They speak to Janet who tells them that he was an old man with crazy eyes and mentions the name “Itar”. Despite just coming from a seminar on “Ishtar” about a blood thirsty cult that removes and eats the limbs of young women Detective Thornton does not make a connection.

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Suzette and friends hanging out by the pool. In the commentary Lewis and Friedman called this scene “padding”. Yep. But Oh! What joyful padding it is! The segment ends with the snatching of Suzette’s friend Trudy Sanders.

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Pete calls to check in with Suzette and informs her that they have not yet located her friend Trudy. She tells Pete about her mother’s surprise of an Egyptian feast hosted by Fuad Ramses. Ramses? Egyptian feast? The wheels finally begin to turn! Pete calls Professor Flanders to ask if he was familiar with a Fuad Ramses. Flanders tells Pete about Ramses book Ancient Weird Religious Rites.

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Poor Trudy.

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Fuad Ramses begins preparing the feast.

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Meanwhile Frank and Pete pay a visit to Fuad Ramses place of business where a horrific scene awaits them.

“For Pete’s Sake tell them not to eat anything!”

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The feast is about to be served but there is one last thing Fuad needs. He must have the guest of honor give herself to Ishtar. “Oh my Ishtar. Take me unto yourself.” She must, of course keep her eyes tightly shut while she says this.

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“Lust, Murder, food for an ancient Goddess who received life through the perverted death of others.”

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Now look what you’ve gone and done! You made Ishtar cry! She may just be a store mannequin painted gold but she’ll always be a blood-thirsty Goddess in my eyes!

Director Herschell Gordon Lewis and producer David F. Friedman were best known for Nudie Cuties when they decided to make Blood Feast. Nudie Cuties were generally light on story with the express purpose of showing a lot of naked or partially naked dames. The Nudie Cuties were travelling a path that Lewis did not want to go down. Always looking to break new ground and go in directions that the big film companies would not, Lewis and Friedman discovered gore. Not surprisingly Blood Feast received terrible reviews when it was released but always the showman, Mr. Lewis knew that even bad press was good press. No one had really seen anything quite like Blood Feast before; its graphic violence and gore was ground-breaking in North America. Color in film was still a relatively new concept in 1963. There was never a need to be concerned about whether blood looked realistic in the past and the standard stage blood was an oddly unnatural color. To make the blood more realistic Lewis added Kaopectate to the mix. Many theatres showed Blood Feast with the gore scenes cut out much to the filmmakers dismay. If it wasn’t for fearless low-budget filmmakers like Herschell Gordon Lewis there may have never been a Friday the 13th, a Texas Chainsaw Massacre or a Nightmare on Elm Street. Blood Feast was my first foray into the wonderful world of Herschell Gordon Lewis and it is still one of my very favourites. There are no surprises in Blood Feast whatsoever. The viewer is aware of the killer from the get go and what his motivation is. We have no attachment at all to any of the victims with the exception of Trudy; who we meet for all of about three minutes while she frolics in the pool. The fun comes in watching it all unfold while the daft detectives attempt to solve the case. I mean really?! How could Detective Thornton not have had a revelation at the ancient Egypt seminar when it was mentioned that young women were sacrificed and their limbs were removed for the feast of Ishtar? Immediately afterwards he speaks to a victim who leaves the “s” out of Ishtar and he makes no connection?! Just the same, William Kerwin who plays Detective Pete Thornton is actually not a bad actor at all and is a likable fella. Kerwin has made appearances in several Lewis flicks and I always enjoy his presence. Mal Arnold who plays Fuad Ramses is really the show-stopper though. His quirky, over-the-top performance is one of a kind and is completely unforgettable. They added grey to Arnold’s hair in an attempt to make him look like an old man which he clearly was not. Just to make sure we knew they intended Fuad Ramses to be an old man it is mentioned verbally several times that Fuad Ramses was in fact an old man! And what was with those crazy eye brows?! Lewis does not have a lot of love for his star Connie Mason and it is clear at times that she did not know her lines. That said, I have seen far worse performances and actually found her quite inoffensive and likable. Now be nice Mr. Lewis! Blood Feast is a film I have watched multiple times and will continue to watch in the years to come. It is an extremely efficient film without a second of downtime. Even the “filler” scene with Suzette and her friends at the pool does not trip the film up for a second. It flies by far too fast for my liking! Blood Feast has ground-breaking gore, a wild and imaginative premise and an outrageous Killer you will never forget! “Nothing so appalling in the Annals of horror.” And Nothing so entertaining! My highest of recommendations; a perfect score!

Dungeon Rating: 5/5

Directed By: Herschell Gordon Lewis

Starring: William Kerwin, Mal Arnold, Connie Mason, Lyn Bolton, Scott H. Hall, Christy Foushee, Ashlyn Martin, Astrid Olson, Sandra Sinclair, Gene Courtier, Louise Kamp, Hal Rich, Al Golden

The Gore Gore Girls (1972) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in horror, movies, Something Weird Video, USA with tags , , on December 13, 2013 by goregirl

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How is it that I have not reviewed Herschell Gordon Lewis’ 1972 film The Gore Gore Girls before now?! The film from which I nabbed my online moniker is a goretastic, gratuitous and ghastly eyeful that truly lives up to its name! It is excessive, it is disgusting and it is often funny as hell!

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The Gore Gore Girls opens with stripper Suzy Cream Puff fussing in the mirror and an unseen black-gloved assailant bashes her face into the mirror over and over and over again. Just for the hell of it TheY mutilate her face and pluck an eye out and then jams it back in. It is a big gory mess and that ain’t remotely the biggest gory mess in The Gore Gore Girls!

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This is super private dick extraordinaire Abraham Gentry! Gentry is offered $25,000 by Nancy Weston; a reporter for The Globe. He gets another $25,000 if he discovers who the killer is. Gentry is smug, sarcastic and wonderfully arrogant and unlikable! He definitely puts the “dick” in private dick!

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Gentry visits the strip club where Suzy Cream Puff had worked and speaks to Ginny. Ginny gives Gentry a fair amount of insight on the dead stripper who wanted to be an actress and was stripping to pay the rent. Suzy apparently had a fervent fan who offered her a significant sum of money which she mocked openly. It just so happens that the cheque was kept in the club cashbox. Ginny produces the cheque complete with address and Gentry has his first suspect; Joseph Carter! Gentry also manages to make a sworn enemy of the strip club waitress.

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Gentry questions a drug addict about Joseph Carter as Nancy looks on. With a little cash, the addict is prompted to give Gentry the information he needs.

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Gentry and Nancy head to the home of Candy Cane. Gentry sure has a nice car! Little do they know that they will find Candy Cane’s corpse! Candy Cane likes to blow bubblegum bubbles! She is killed mid-bubble which fills up with blood. Again the killer makes an unholy mess of her face. No picture…I have got to leave some gory details for your own viewing!

“A friend of mine stepped into some trouble and seems to have lost face.”

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Gentry heads to another strip club called “Tops and Bottoms” where he notices Grout a bartender, bouncer, and general help sort of guy who likes to smash fruit to relieve tension. Apparently he is a war vet who also liked to smash people’s heads; and we have suspect number two! Gentry also gets Nancy excessively drunk to keep her out of trouble and out of his way.

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A bunch of angry protesting women show up and rush the stage during Miss Lola Prize’s act. The women’s group is led by Mary McHenry; suspect number trois! Gentry takes Lola back to her apartment and questions her.

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Poor Lola Prize gets a particularly nasty beating while still alive. “This one had her ass beaten in.” The city’s stupidest cop Lieutenant Anderson is fooled by Gentry into going on an irrelevant path. Gentry than pays the other cops to give him information first. Anderson REALLY is an idiot!

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This gal is attacked while ironing. Her throat is slashed and then her face is seared with an iron. She is than laid down and the iron is applied to her face until she is completely blackened. Than her nipples are cut off with a pair of scissors and two champagne glasses are filled with her breast milk! Her friend/roommate comes in and has her face deep-fried! At this point I would like to refer you to yesterday’s GIF of hysterical screaming lady who goes completely out of her freaking mind at the sight of these two gals!

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Mr. Marzdone Mobile played by Henny Youngman owns most of the city’s strip clubs and makes his headquarters in the largest of the establishments. He decides to hold an amateur stripper contest as business has been a little precarious between the women’s protest groups and the murders!

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Gentry gets Nancy Weston very drunk…AGAIN! Gentry provokes Nancy into entering the amateur stripping contest which she wins!

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At this point Gentry leaves a very drunk Nancy as bait for the killer who does indeed turn up! When you think it is all over, the film continues for several more minutes as we are given a play by-play of the killer’s motive and how Gentry figured out who did it. Normally I don’t like over-explained endings but this is some pretty funny stuff. It is one outrageous explanation!

A friend and myself became completely obsessed with John Waters in the mid-90s. We bought or rented all of his films and several books by and about the director. We made it our goal to check out everything and anything that influenced Waters. One of those Waters influences was Herschell Gordon Lewis. I was a horror fan from childhood and was weened on the horror of the 50s and 60s. The horror films were my dad’s influence who was a huge horror and science fiction fan but he never introduced me to Herschell Gordon Lewis! My friend and I started with Blood Feast which we loved and moved on to The Wizard of Gore which was equally entertaining and then it was The Gore Gore Girls. We invited a small group over for The Gore Gore Girls as we had been especially entertained by Mr. Lewis resume thus far! Our friends were mortified! One of my cohorts exclaimed that I would forever be known to him as Goregirl. I first used the name when I started selling stuff on Ebay in the late 90s as GoreGirlGear. This recent excursion through Lewis Land has reinvigorated the Goregirl in me! I will definitely need to revisit and review some of my gory favourites in the new year to share with you all! As you can see from the images I included this is a sketchy looking DVD copy but it still looks better than what I had on VHS. I can’t believe I did not include The Gore Gore Girls on my favourite films of 1972! Granted, it is not technically as sound or nearly as pretty as a film like What Have they Done to Solange? but I have watched The Gore Gore Girls a hell of a lot more times than Solange! Frankly I need a good spanking for not including it on that list. Lewis has a great sense of humour about his horror films, and his films in general. He always includes cheesy one-liners and The Gore Gore Girls is full of them. Hell, this one even comes with an appearance from comedian Henny Youngman! The Gore Gore Girls was Lewis’ last horror film, and his last film period until 2002 when he returned to filmmaking with the fantastic underappreciated sequel to Blood Feast; Blood Feast 2: All You Can Eat. I have watched a good chunk of H.G. Lewis’ 36 directorial efforts and have enjoyed almost every last one of them. Lewis really pushed the limits of what was acceptable and certainly upped the ante in regards to the levels of gore included in film with Blood Feast in 1963. North American audiences never seen anything like Blood Feast! Not too many folks have seen anything like any of Mr. Lewis horror films frankly! They are tacky, corny, gross and ridiculous. They are also, clever, shocking, funny and full of heart. I have had an unbelievably good time revisiting the films of Herschell Gordon Lewis for this feature and my namesake The Gore Gore Girls has been one of the most entertaining of the lot! Highly recommended! There will be lots more Herschell Gordon Lewis fun to come before the month is through!!

Dungeon Rating: 4/5

Directed By: Herschell Gordon Lewis

Starring: Frank Kress, Amy Farrell, Hedda Lubin, Henny Youngman, Russ Badger, Jackie Kroeger, Nora Alexis, Phil Laurenson, Frank Rice, Corlee Bew, Emily Mason, Lena Bousman, Marina Salli, Norman Dachman, Menda MacPhail

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Fun with GIFs: The Gore Gore Girls

Posted in Fun with GIFs, horror, movies, Something Weird Video, USA with tags , , , , , , on December 12, 2013 by goregirl

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GIFs for Mr. Herschell Gordon Lewis’ 1972 film The Gore Gore Girls; the film from wence my online moniker came. I will have a review for this ghastly delight tomorrow. Warning…offensively gory images will be included!

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Strippers around the city have been found dead and horribly mutilated. At the end of this segment a group of angry female protesters lead by Mary McHenry rush the stage.

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Hysterical Screaming lady has one of the most ridiculously over the top reactions to murder ever to grace celluloid. This scene never fails to make me laugh. This is just a nibble from the scene which is much lengthier.